Peru Rainforest Medical Expedition
Study Medical Science & Public Health in Peru
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Upon arrival in Pucallpa, your group will transfer to your accommodations to meet the team from International Medical Relief who you will be working with on this expedition.
In the evening you will attend a team orientation to further prepare you for clinic. Your team leader will assign your roles for the upcoming clinic days, go over protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving.
Wake up each day and have breakfast at your accommodation before departing for clinic. Lunch will be served at your clinic site. After returning back to your accommodation at the end of the day you will have a team debrief with your team leader and dinner provided at the accommodation.
Your group will be working in collaboration with local partners to help those suffering from life threatening diseases. International Medical Relief will provide medical and dental care and your group will help to provide health education to these people. Your team will see many patients with infections, wounds, and common health problems that are frequently untreated. Dental needs are among the most troubling, with patients suffering from horrific pain from infected teeth without care other than home remedies.
Annual flooding is a serious concern for the people of the Amazon River basin, with the associated skin issues, infections, and emotional loss that comes with major disasters. Dengue Fever and other mosquito-borne diseases are significant health concerns in this community. Providing education and supportive care for patients will be a primary task for your group.
You will have a free day to explore Pucallpa or Lima, shop, or simply relax. Plan an evening departure if you want to explore Pucallpa or an early morning departure if you want to explore Lima. Interested in extending your stay? Contact us for more Peruvian adventures!
¡Bienvenido a Perú!
This beautiful trip starts and ends in Pucallpa, Peru. Located on the Ucayali River in eastern Peru, Pucallpa is a place that few tourists go. Laguna Yarinacocha, about 15 minutes from town, shelters wildlife, including many varieties of monkeys, sloths, river dolphins, and birds of every size and color. Pucallpa, in addition to being a jumping off point for Amazon expeditions, is home to the Shipibo-Conibo indigenous people, and suffers from serious flooding annually.
The Shipibo-Conibo people are an indigenous tribe living along the Ucayali River in the Amazon rainforest in Perú. The Shipibo (apemen) and the Conibo (fishmen) were originally distinct tribes until they became one based on shared traditions, beliefs and intermarriage. They are becoming more urbanized in order to survive but are fighting to keep their traditions, including utilizing traditional spiritual brews in rituals and shamans for their medical care. In partnership with International Medical Relief, your group will provide care for many of the Shipibo-Conibo people as you work in the small villages along the river. You will have an opportunity to learn about the rich culture of this beautiful and unique area, where the people are passionate about their religion, their crafts, and their traditions.
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